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POV Hackathon 5: Explore the Prototypes and the Technology


Six teams "re-invented the documentary" at POV's latest weekend laboratory of nonfiction storytelling and technology.

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Both Here And There

Click on the image to interact with the Both Here and There prototype, developed at POV Hackathon.

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Team: Christopher Allen, Alison S. M. Kobayashi, Oliver Budiardjo, Olivia Koski, Ilana Strauss, Patricia R. Zablah.

About the Project: A mobile addition to a broad project produced by UnionDocs “Living Los Sures,” using the storytelling platform Creatavist. It is a prototype that takes advantage of mobility by motivating navigation through the story with real time physical motion. As you walk forward in physical space, you advance through the story.

Technology: This prototype is best experienced on iPhone 5C. It’s best to experience it while wearing workout clothes.

  • Creatavist as our Content Management System
  • Google Docs, to share the information
  • Apple’s iOS location services.
  • jQuery to traverse the HTML Document, handle the events and manipulate objects in the DOM.
  • HTML/CSS/Javascript, to animate the assets and build the structure for the Creatavist templates.
  • Photoshop for creating the animated gifs and image assets.
  • Final Cut Pro 7 for Video Editing.
  • QuickTime 7 for creating image sequences.
  • GitHub, to share code while working.
  • Stack Overflow, for debugging code.
  • iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and iPad mini.
  • xCode for local builds of native codes inside of Creatavist.

Photo: UnionDocs

Christopher Allen (Media Maker) is the founder and Executive Artistic Director of UnionDocs. His individual documentary projects and collaborative productions have been exhibited in galleries, museums and cinemas internationally. He directed Capitol of Punk, one of the earliest web-documentaries, and was a creator of Yellow Arrow, a seminal locative mobile storytelling project.

» UnionDocs
» UnionDocs on Facebook


Photo: Oliver Budiardjo

Oliver Budiardjo (Technologist) Oliver has been developing for the Android platform since graduating from New York University, where his studies focused on mathematical computing. His interest in mobile application development is motivated by making the future of technology work for its users. His other interests include music and food.


Photo: Alison S. M. Kobayashi

Alison S. M. Kobayashi (Media Maker) is an artist working in video, performance, installation and drawing. She was born in Mississauga, Canada where she received a BA from the University of Toronto. She now lives in Brooklyn where she is the Director of Special Projects at UnionDocs, a Center for Documentary Art.

» asmk.ca
» susanmiyoko.tumblr.com
» @asmkobayashi on Instagram


Photo: Olivia Koski

Olivia Koski (Technologist) teaches multimedia storytelling as Head of Community at Atavist, the makers of the Creatavist publishing platform. Prior to Atavist, she worked as a research engineer and technology transition manager. In her spare time, she dabbles in documentary filmmaking and produces interactive theater with Guerilla Science.

» Creatavist
» @creatavist


Photo: Melina Paez

Ilana E. Strauss (Technologist) is a digital design ninja with experience designing for print, web, mobile, and tablet.

» Ilana E. Strauss Portfolio


Photo: Talya Stein

Patricia R. Zablah (Technologist) is a current Master’s degree candidate at the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU. She is a creative technologist, researcher, artist, entrepreneur and writer, primarily focusing on gender equality, the public and performance arts, storytelling and human rights relating to immigration.

» Patricia Zablah’s Portfolio Website
» Hack It Back: Thesis Project
» @patriciarzablah

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POV Staff
POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.